Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ARNA): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Arena Pharmaceuticals ( ARNA) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Arena Pharmaceuticals fell 16 cents (-1.8%) to $8.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.52-$8.80 after having opened the day at $8.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.70. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Amarin Corporation ( AMRN), down 18.9%, Corcept Therapeutics ( CORT), down 11.7%, China Botanic Pharmaceutical ( CBP), down 11.6%, and Chelsea Therapeutics International ( CHTP), down 10.1%.
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Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in discovering, developing, and commercializing oral drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular, central nervous system, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases. Arena Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $1.89 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 365.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Arena Pharmaceuticals a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arena Pharmaceuticals as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its meager revenue growth.

On the positive front, Telik ( TELK), up 24%, Cyanotech Corporation ( CYAN), up 13.7%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 11.5%, and Cormedix ( CRMD), up 10.2%, were all gainers within the drugs industry with Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR) being today's featured drugs industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the drugs industry could consider SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF ( XPH) while those bearish on the drugs industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotech ( BIS).

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